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VOL. XLVII. NO. 177.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 10, 1918. TEN PAGES.
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FRENCH TAKE MILFzOF GERMAN TRENC
MILITARY KN ACCUSE YOUNG WIFE
ARMY OFFICERS FILE BIGAMY
.CHARGE AGAINST GIRL WITH
, PAIR OF SOLDIER HUSBANDS
Fort Omaha lieutenant Frustrates Alleged Scheme of
Mrs. Frederick Rayome, Alias Mrs. William
George, to Defraud Government; First
Case of Kfnd in This Section.
Mrs. Frederick J. Rayome, alias
Mrs. William A. George, girl-wife of
two husbands, one of them a soldier
and the other a drafted man, has been
arrested on complaint of Fort Omaha
army officers in an effort to discour
age possible frauds upon the govern
ment. LIEUTENANT FILES CHARGE.
First Lieutenant Samuel T. Moore,
commander of Company C, Third bal
loon squadron at Fort Omaha, filed a
charge of bigamy against the 19-year-old
wifef one of his men, Frederick
J. Rayome, who was married to her
December 22. She represented herself
to be an unmarried woman, the com
plaint alleges, when in fact she was
the wife of William A. George, chef
t Creighton college.
v COMMON IN EAST.
"The arm has had numerous cases
of the kind in the eastern and south
ern concentration camps," Lieuten
ant Moore said. "Women have made
a practice of marrying a soldier and
getting him to assign them one-half
of his salary so they .can get the gov
ernment allotment of $25 per month.
In some cases similar to this they
have married two or more of 'the
bovs' for the sake1 of the money they
can tret out of it when the men are
ordered to another cost. 0
"Rayome told me he was married
and at his request I transfered his al
lotment from his mother at White
Plains, N. Y., to this woman. We
find now that she was already mar
ried, and that her first husband, Wil
liam George, is drafted and expects
to be called soon. George knew noth
ing of his wife's second marriage. She
could have arranged to draw math al
lotments after George went to camp
if we had not nipped the case in the
Confined in Barracks.
'This is the first case of the kind in
this eecjion ajid we aim to put a stop
to the practice before it becomes pop
Rayome met the woman and had
frequent appointments with her and
had made plans to get married, but
Lieutenant Moore discouraged the
project ana cpnnnea nun ro uanatsa.
Mrs. George went out to the fort and
importuned Lieutenant Moore to re
lease her "sweetheart." -
"She wept all over the office for
Mm and 1 finally -let him out Fri
day night before Christmas," the
lieutenant said. "Saturday morning
I learned they had been married."
First Husband Acts.
William George, her first husband,
learned of the marriage when he saw
a notice of it in the newspapers. He
b 5 filed a suit .for divorce, alleging
tnit his wife has fraudulently con
tracted a marriage with Rayome. He
says that Mrs. George became dissat
isfied with married life in general
about April 2, 1917, when she began
to insist on going to dances with
other men. He asks that she "be de
nied all right, claim and interest in
his real and personal property.
The girl-wife of two husbands gave
ier maiden name as Mary Waneta
Pratt when she , was married to
George in September. 1915, at St.
Savior church. In her license to wed
Rayome she gave her name as Mary
J. Prrtytt. , '
She was arrested late Tuesday
night at 116 North Twenty-sixth
.street on a bigamy charge filed by
Lieutenant Moore, .
She pleaded not guilty when she
was arraigned in police court Wednes
day morning. The case was continued
until Friday morning. Bonds were
,. set at $750.
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FoA N'ebraeki. Snow;
cold for several
Tmpratur at Omaha Yesterday.
6 a. m
6 a. m
7 a. m
8 a. ra
9 a. m
10 a. m 1
11 a. ra.......... 4
12 ra '
1 p. m
2 p. m. 12
3 p. m 1
4 p.m 15
6 F-'m 1
p. m 14
7 p. m. 12
8 p. m 11
Comparatively Local Record.
aighest yesterday 16 63 46 44
UvJ st yekerda 3 34 31 22
Ueavn temperature. . .. 8 44 33 33
Precipitation T. .00 T. .00
Kormal temperature 20
Deficiency for the day.. '. 14
Total deficiency since March 1 450
Normal precipitation 03 Inch
Deficiency for the day ('3 inch
Total rainfall since March 1 21.81 inches
Deficiency since March 1 7.63 inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1916.12.72 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1915. 2.03 inches
Reports From Stations at 7 P. M.
Station and State Temp. High- Raln-
jf Weather. 7 p. m. est. k fall.
CBeyenne, enow........ 0 28 .06
Davenport, clear 12 i 1! .00
Denver, snow 10 12 .04
Des Moines, clear 16 22 .00
Dodge City, cloudy 22 26 .00
Lander.' snow 4 23 .22
North Platte, snow 12 23 .16
Omaha, clear 12 16 T.
. ?ueblo enow 22 3 4 .06
aplrt City, snow 2 20 .
lt lke city. snow... 2S 32 .22
Santa Ve. jart cloudy. 25 41 .10
Sheridan, s:uw 00 00 .08
Sioux City, clear 12 '
Valentine, snow 4 IS .06
"T" Indicates trace ot preclplation.
indicates below wo.
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FREDERICK J. RAYOME.
TO STEAL ARMY
STORES ON COAST
Intelligence Officers Arrest
Three Men Who Attempted.
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i Thousands. -
Los Angeles, , Cal., Jan.' 9. Am
munition and military stores valued
at $285,000 stored in the federal build
ing here were offered for sale by fed
eral officials for the purpose of start
ing a revolution in Mexico, it was an
nounced today by army intelligence
Intelligence officers, answering an
advertisement for "10 husky men," un
earthed the ' plot. One man, posing
as a buyer, was led to the basement
of the federal building, according to
army officials, and shown all the out
fit including 10 machine guns. Three
men are now under arrest They are
Nicholas Senn Zogg, N. A." Myles and
N. A. Myles, who alleged he had
been held as a military prisoner at
Fort McArthur here since January 3
without warrant, was granted his lib
erty today by Judge B. F. Bledsoe in
the United States district court.
Myles had applied for release in ha
beas corpus proceedings.
Myles walked out of the court
room and was rearrested by the army
intelligence operatives on the same
charge of havingonspired to sell mu
nitions in violation of the espionage
act, under which he had been held
when the writ was sought.
Officers in Plot.
Intelligence officers named without
reservation two federal officials who
they said arranged the plot.
-The irmy account of the affair, in
sofar as it was available, is that the
munitions were confiscated by the
government some two years ago.
when an alleged plot to start a Mexi
can Evolution in the interests of
American land owners was frustrated.
The supplies were tucked away in the
federal building and remained there
until" certain federal appointees saw a
chance for profit and were unable to
An advertisement in the newspapers,
witlr code signature was the means
they hit upon for concealing their
tracks beyond hope of discovery.
Army agents, interested in knowing
why any proper work requiring "10
husky men" could not be advertised
openly, trailed the story down.
The disclosures by the intelligence
(Continued on Pace Two, Column One.)
Omaha Boy Tells How Christmas
Day Was Spent at Camp Cody
Writing from Camp Cody, Deming,
N. M., E. C. Goddard, ah Omaha boy,
now a member of the sanitary depart
ment, One Hundred and Twenty
seventh United States artillery, tells
his people how the soldier boys spent
Christmas. Here is what he says: ,
"Welf, Christmas is over, I hope
you folks had a nice time and suppose
you did. We had an awfully nice
dinner: turkey, mashed potatoes,
cranberries, celery and mince pie and
it. was all very good. Of course, it
wasn't cooked or served like it would
have been had I been at home, but it
was very good and I enjoyed it.
"'I was on duty in the hospital all
night the night befor Christmas.
Christmas afternoon I played the vic-
Promises Complete Statement
of His Attitude Later; Lead
ers Confident Amend
ment Will Pass.
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Jan. 9. President
Wilson late today told a delegation
of house leaders that he favored en
actment of the Susan B. Anthony fed
eral suffrage amendment and would
make clear his position in a statement
to be issued tonight.
After a 3fV-tn ill lite fnnfKitre with
rthe president the congressmen issued
"The committee found that the
president had not felt at liberty to
volunteer his advice to members of
congress in this important matter, but
when we sought his advice he very
frankly and earnestly advised us to
vote on the amendment as an act of
'right and justice to the women of the
country and of the "world."
The house votes, tomorrow on the
suffrage amendment resolution and
suffrage advocates, already' confident,
declared the attitude of the president
made passage of the resolution by the
necessary two-thirds vote certain.
Heretofore the president has insisted
that suffrage was a qeustion for the
individual states to determine, v
With the Americaft. Army in France,
Tuesday, Jan. 8.iSHppery, ice-coated
roads have upset traffic between the
camps and headquarters, General Per
shing himself .becoming a victim this
morning when his automobile stalled
between two hills and was unable to
go forward or backward. The general
.walked several miles . through the
snow and slush to his destination.
A large ward" in one of the base
hospitals containing many patients,
with the doctors and nurses Ja at
tendanc?;sjias eett "qnararrtfned be
cause of the discovery ef a case of
Chaplains Declare Morals
Of Sammies Abroad Excellent
With the American Army in France,
Jan. 9. Chaplains of both Protestant
and Catholic faiths have just issued
reports to the government, in which
it is maintained that the moralf of
the men of the American expedition
ary force are most excellent.
"In performing our priestly func
tions' the reports say, "it has been
our privilege to travel considerably
among the troops and it pleases us
immensely to be able to state that w
find the moral conditions very satis
factory. The military authorities are
vigilant in removing temptation and
the result is thus far we have a clean
"We are honestly convinced that
the men on duty in these towns in
France are in less danger morally
than they would be in the service in
our own country."
U. S. to Recruit Woman
Lahpr for War Emergency
Washington, Jan. 9. Establishment
of a clearing house for the women
labor of the nation, under the super
vision of Secretary of Labor Wilson,
was announced here today. Mrs. Hilda
Muhlhauser Richards, named as chief
of the bureau, outlines as its principal
function the task of recruiting women
to fill the ranks of the industrial army
wherever men are released for mili
Cuban Sugar Arrives to
Relieve Eastern Shortage
Philadelphia, Jan. 9. Two steamers
carrying cargoes of Cuban sugar ar
rived here today. One of the vessels
carried 8,960,000 pounds of raw .sugar
and the other 4,800,000 pounds. The
sugar will be refmed as soon as pos
sible to relieve the sugar shortage.
War Ordnance Subject of
v Next Senate Investigation
Washington, Jan. 9. Upon comple
tion ol its investigation-of the army
clothing situation expected today the
senate war inquiry probably will be
turned to the subject of war ordnance
frola for the patients. The people 'of
Lincoln sent us about 200 records
for it. v
"The Red Cross gave every one in
Camp Cody a Christmas present, they
were put up by people all over the
country. I got a handkerchief, two
packages of cigarets, a can of to
bacco, a cob pipe, a package of cigaret
papers, a paper bound novel, a writ
ing tahlet, a scrap book with comic
clippings in it and a box of lump
sugar. They cap't say every one is
not getting his share of what anyone
gies to the Red Cross or Young
Men's Christian association and that
they are not doing a world of good,
I am in a position to know and I
know better. They did a lot of good
Liberty Enlightening the World
SNOW ON ASIAG0 THREATENS
HALT IN GERMAN OPERATIONS
T . .
American Consul at Venice, in Visit to Italian Front, Finds
Weather Impeding Progress of Austrians., Roman
... XroopSh&w irie Fighting Spirit; Praise
United States Red Cross.
Italian Army, Headquarters in Northern Italy, Tuesday,
Jan. 8. Snow was falling along the mountain front and an in
termittent enemy artillery fire was m progress during a visit
which B. Harvey Carroll jr., American consul at Venice, paid to
tne Asiago plateau as a guest of the Italian general staff.
CLIMBS 4.000 FEET. 0
It was a difficult and dangerous
climb up the slippery mountain
heights to the summit of the hill
4,000 feet high which Consul Carroll
The enemy positions on Monte
Mellette, De Gallio and Monte Bade
neche were seen to be heavily cov
ered with snow which extended down
to the Frensela valley through which
the Austrians are seeking to push
their way to the plain.
The consul visited the Bcrsagelicri
brigade which had borne the brunt of
the mountain fighting, finding the
well conditioned and rationed,
in fine spirits and confident that they
would be able to hold any further at
tempts of the enemy to advance. The
American Red CVoss had delivered
mountain hoods among the Bersa
gelieri, who .were warm in praise of
the American action.
Nearly a foot of snow fell during
Consul Carroll's visit and several of
ficers predicted a three foot fall,
which' they considered would bring
the enemy to a complete halt. A
weather report to the supreme com
mand today shows a rise in tempera
ture with a minimum of 30 degees
The city of Bassano through which
Consul Carroll passed had been part
ly evacuated. Most of the stores and
hotels were closed but a remnant of
the population was still about the
streets. Firing could be heard from
the enemy positions seven miles dis
tant, near lonte Grappa where the
enemy is now being held after the
failure of his last effort to break
I. W. W. Decides that
Life in Army is Better
Than Prison Bondage
Jack St. Clair decided he would
much rather fight for liberty in the
army than to endure bondage in
prison. He sent word from the
county jail to the federal officers
Wednesday of his decision.
Jack was one of the men arrested
in a i aid, on local Industrial Work
es of the World headquarters two
months ago. He has had two
months in jail to learn what a fine
thing liberty is.
Deputy UnitedStates Attorney
Saxton called Sergeant Joiner of
the local British recruiting mis
sion to his office. Sergeant Joiner
interviewed St. Clair, who is a
British subject. St. Clair renounced
all Industrial Workers of the
World sentiments and Sergeant
Joiner escorted him to the recruit
ing office to make hitn a soldier.
Otto Olson was also released.
He had $50 in cash, "f'ii.st thing
I'm going to do is to get a square
meal," said Olson.
Lisbon, Jan. 9. A mutinous out
break on the Portuguese battleship
Vasco De Gama was checked by ar
tillery fire from a fort in Lisbon har
bor, after the warship had fired a few
shots at the land battery, according
to a government announcement to
day. The crew in part was landed and
disarmed, surrendering to the army
and the republican guard, and gov
ernment forces later gained posses
sion of the battleship, x
Measures taken to insure the main
tenance of order are declared to have
been effective. The statement issued
by the government reads:
"The Vasco De Gama is already in
the Santos docks against the govern
ment's formal orders, and having tak
en a position in the middle Tagus be
fore Fort St. George, a battery in the
fort opened fire on the cruiser, which
replied with a few shots and then
hoisted the white flag. Parts of crews
of other ships landed some men from
the cruiser, who, after being disarmed,
surrendered to the republican guard
and the army on Commerce square
and at the nava arsenal.
"The Vasco De Gama is alreadyy in
the government's hands."
New York, Jan. 9. A cablegram
saying the independence ofLithuania
from Russia was declared by the
Lithuanian landesratlv on January 8,
was received here today by P. S. Vill
mont, president of the Lithuanian Na
tional council of this city. The mes
sage came from Dr. John Szlupas cf
the Lithuanian relief committee at
New War Department Created by
Pershing in France Gets Results
(By AiDociuted Preis.)
With the American Army in France,
Tuesday, Jan. 8. A new department
of co-ordination, created since the
war, is functioning 'in amost satisfac
tory manner and is contributing ma
terially to the building up.of the war
machine which General Pershing de
sires to see running automatically,
whether or not lie is present.
Since the establishment of t'le co
ordination department it has re
moved the necessity for the general
seeing 15 slaff heads daily and has
cut down his necessary interviews to
about four a day and has given him
greater liberty in which to plan opira-tions.
ALLIES RESUME ACTIVITY
ON WESTERN FRONT AFTER
ALONG PERIOD OF REST
French Make Succesful Attack on German Lines East of
St. Mihiel; Capture German Machine Guns
and Prisoners; British Repulse
(By AMOcttd PrM.)
French troops in the Woevre have enlivened the virtual
inactivity on the western front by successfully completing a
sortie into the German lines east of St. Mihiel. The German
positions on a one-mile front were penetrated and 178 prison
ers and some machine' guns captured. After destroying the de
fenses and shelters, the French returned to their own lines.
O ATTACKS NUMEROUS.
linoniTll Ollin The French also made an attempt
Teutons Violate Pledge Given
Last September; Wounded
Are Saved, Three Mem-
bers of Crew Drown.
London, Jan. 9. The hospital ship
Rewa v as torpedoed and sunk in the
Bristol channel on January 4 while
on its way from Gibraltar, it is an
nounced officially. All the wdunded
were saved. There were three casual
ties among the crew.
"His Majesty's hospital ship Rewa
was torpedoed and sunk in the Bristol
channel at about midnight on January
4 on its way home from Gibraltar. All
the wounded were Mely, transferred
to patrol vessels. There were only
three casualties am6ng the crew.
Three Lascar being' missing.
"It was displaying all the lights and
markings required by The Hague con
After making several charges of
Uhe misuse-of hospital .ships, which
were denied specifically by the en
tente governments concerned, the
Germans htst year suspended the im
munity of these vessels in the English
channel and certain other waters. The
British discontinued special mark
ings of hospital ships, on the ground
that they were merely rendered con
sitieuous thereby and were more liable
to attack. Last September King Al
fonso of SDain intervened and suc
ceeded in obtaining an agreement
from the belligerents for the free
movement of hospital ships within
U. S. TO CONTROL
THE OIL INDUSTRY
OF THE NATION
Washington, Jan. 9. The govern
ment is preparing to take control of
the oil supply, under the fuel adminis
tration. A man has been selected to
take charge and his name will be made
public with the announcement of the
It is understood that the govern
ment's plans are not fully matured
and will not be until the new ap
pointee makes an investigation.
Licensing of the oil industry from
the wells to the wholesaler is contem
plated. Suit Involving Millions
Comes Up in Supreme Court
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wasnington, jan. y. mc sun insti
tuted in 1911 by the state of Wyoming
against the state1 of Colorado to en
join proposed diversion in the latter
state of the Laramie river water, for
the Greeley-Boudre irrigation project
was called for reargument today in
the supreme court.
Each side was allowed two days
for argument of the case, in which
the conflicting claims of many west
ern states to waters from "interstate
rivers for irrigation purposes are in
volved. The suit directly affects the devel
opment of 125,000 acres of land in
Colorado and more -than 400,000 in
Wyoming, with property interests es
timated between $50,000,000, and $100,
000,000. This department-passes on and.has
authority to settle questions from
other departments. A,n instance of its
work was shown recently when the
quartermaster's department wanted
storage plants with a capacity of 90,
000 tons of meat built.
The co-ordination department fig
ured that the demand was baseu on
the old army allowance of 20 ounces
of fresh ..eat daily for the troops, but
did not take into consideration' that
smoked meats and fish could be sub
stituted for fresh meat on some days.
uch proved to be the case, the co
ordination department deciding that
storage plants with a capacity of 12,
000 tons would suffice.
aeainst the enemy lines near Am-
merzweiler, in Alsace, according to
Berlin, wh'ch claims the thrust was
repulsed. Paris announces the check
ing of German attempts in the region
of Mont Tetone, in Champagne.
Meanwhile the artillery duel north
east of Verdun and in the upper Al
sace continues active. .
German troops in a local attack east
of Bullecourt, west-northwest of
Cambrai, entered the. British trenches,
but a counter-attack ejected the
enemy, who left 18 prisoners in the
hands of the British. Berlin reports
the failure of a British thrust on the
Boesinghe-Staden railway, northeast
of Ypres. The German artillery H
still active in the Ypres sector.
Artillery Busy in Italy.
Bad weather on the Itahan front
has reduced infantry operations to a
minimum but the artillery is "busy on
the northern line between Asiago and
Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, in ,
his review of the 1917 campaign up
to mid-November, says that the ad
ditional strength the Germans have
gained from the Russian and Italian
failures has largely been discounted.
He declares that the ultimate destruc
tion of the German armies has been
brought appreciably nearer. The of
fensive campaign planned for 1917
failed of completion, but on the west
ern -front the allies gained the vic
tories of Arras, Messines, Flanders,
Verdun, Champagne and the Aisne.
WILD IN THE
London, Jan. ft. The situation in
Petrograd is depicted . in the most
gloomy colors by the correspondent
of the Times, who in 'a telegram dated
Monday, the Russian Christmas, says
that no Christmas in 300 year's has
been celebrated in such trlgic circum
stances. Petrograd, he adds, is full of
dirt, disorder and crime and there is
n6poIice or other authority to which
io appeal. v v
The food situation is very critical,
and starvation appears to be staring
the people in the face.
The wretched conditions of ex
istence have been aggravated by
blinding snowstorms drifted by vio
lent winds for three days and nights
with the temperature at 14 degrees
The correspondent of the Times
thus sums up the general position of
"Russian affairs have become so
desperatethat only the intervention
of the allies or the Germans can pre
vent catastrophe. As this can nd
longer be expected from the allies, the
disheartened Russian looks to the
Germans to put an end to the awful
chaos in which the country now is
Board of Education .
President Reed of the Board of Ed
ucation announced the following com
mittees for the year; Judiciary, Bro
gan and Wells; buildings and grounds,
Warfieldt Bekins, Johnson, Falconer,
and McGilton; finance and claims,
McGilton, Burns, Eldredge, Talmage
and Clark; purchasing, Bekins, Clark.
Falconer, Eldredge and Johnson;
teachers. Wells, Warfield, 4 Brogan,
Burns and Talmage.
E. G. McGijton, one of the new
members, succeeds President Reedas
chairman of the finance and claims
committee. Mr. Bek(ns takes the
place of Thomas A. Fry, resigned, as
head of the purchasing committee.
Messrs. Brogan, Warfield and Wells
again retain the chairmanships of
their respective committees.
Mercury Drops to 3 Below;
Predict Continued Cold
Temperature dropped to 3 degrees
below zero at 8 o clock Wednesday
morning. The cold extends over the
plains states, but is not severe in
western Nebraska. Denver icported 26
above and Cheyenne 20 above.
Weather bureau predicts x continued
cold for several days.
Material Increases in
- Railroad Rates Expected
. Washington, Jan. 9. General read
justment of the country's complicated
rate system to tit the- new noncompet
itive situation will be one of the early
outgrowths of governmetit operation,
it was officially indicated tday. Many
readjustments considered inevitable
involve material increases in rates.
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